Bauer programmer Brian Paige has died after a battle with cancer.
Brian has worked with Bauer for a number of years, most recently as Content Director, Scotland.
His wife, Sarah, posted a private message on his Facebook informing his friends of the sad news, where tributes and comments are pouring in from friends and colleagues. He died at 9.30pm Sunday.
One of his first radio management jobs was as Head of Programming at West FM in the late 90s before moving to Wave 102 as PC. He moved to England to run Rock FM and Magic 999 in Lancashire, before joining UTV to programme Tower FM and become a Senior Programmer for the group.
He returned to Bauer and Scotland as PD of Radio Forth before becoming Regional Content Director with day to day responsibility for Clyde 1 and overseeing content teams for Forth, Northsound, Tay, West FM, MFR and Radio Borders.
Graham Bryce, Group Managing Director of Bauer’s Hits Radio Network paid this tribute: “Brian Paige made an enormous contribution to Bauer Radio, and as both a colleague and friend, we are all devastated by this news.
“Brian was a passionate programmer with over 25 years’ experience in the radio industry and re-joined Bauer in 2010 as Programme Director for Radio Forth, before taking over his beloved Radio Clyde and taking it back to audience levels not seen for a decade. Put simply, he was a great people person, a fantastic storyteller and a true radio guru. His passion for radio was only matched by his love of his family and good bottle of red wine and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his wife, son and friends at this difficult time.”
A true radio professional, enthusiastic and passionate about his work and our industry, which he was seen tweeting about until very recently.
Brian’s request was for no flowers, but instead would ask for donations to Strathcarron Hospice in Denny, where he was cared for in his final days.
Comments are open to share your memories.
Really really sorry to hear news of the passing away of my former radio colleague Brian Paige. A terrific, talented, enthusiastic and supportive guy, taken way too soon and very sadly missed. A big loss to his friends, family and the industry. Thoughts with those closest to him.
— Colin Kelly (@colinkelly) July 16, 2018
Farewell, programmer Brian Paige. He served our industry well at West FM, Wave 102, Rock/Magic 999, UTV NW, Forth and Bauer Scotland. https://t.co/gXGS0wyDKb
— 📻 David Lloyd (@DavidLloydRADIO) July 16, 2018
RIP @brianpaige aka "Wee Pup". I remember getting drunk on Barola in a Dundee Chinese restaurant where myself, Gus McKenzie and @colinpaterson78 formed the unofficial "Dogs of "F**k" brotherhood and he was the wee pup! Aww. Happy days. Poor Brian 😢
— Paul Chantler (@PaulChantler) July 16, 2018
Sad news about Scottish radio programmer Brian Paige passing today – we was always very kind to me when i was a record plugger visiting him in Dumfries, Ayr or Dundee in the mid 90's – a big figure in Scottish radio – RIP Brian
— Mike Walsh (@mikewalshmusic) July 16, 2018
Terribly sad to hear about the death of former Wave 102 colleague Brian Paige. A dedicated, intelligent talent who helped me a lot early on in my career. And a passionate supporter of local radio, particularly in Scotland.
— Iain Mackenzie (@iMacUK) July 16, 2018
Sad to hear of the death of my former Wave 102 colleague Brian Paige. A warm and funny man, always spent time helping develop new broadcasting talent.
— Gordon Chree (@gordonchree) July 16, 2018